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|Following their loss against Green Bay, the Vikings take their turn in the examination room.|
I'll never understand why the Vikings don't make a distinction between their third-down offense and their 2-minute offense. I'm fine if tailback Adrian Peterson isn't on the field for every third down, but I can't see how it makes sense to take him off the field for any part of a game-ending drive to score what would be a winning touchdown. But Peterson was off the field for third- and fourth-down plays on the Vikings' final drive, giving way to rookie Toby Gerhart. Nothing against Gerhart, but when a division game is on the line, you can't outsmart yourself. You need your best players on the field at all times.